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Explore Different Neighborhoods with Social Media

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It’s important to know your neighborhood when looking for a home. Ideally, it would be great to visit all the surrounding neighborhoods to get a feel. However, using social media features can actually help you discover even more. Let’s explore some different ways to feel out a neighborhood to help find your ideal home. Facebook: City Guides Facebook offers a feature where you can find places in a neighborhood where locals actually go. It offers secret spots that locals recommend. All you have to do is choose your prospective location and explore by interest. You can look up local restaurants, dog parks, nightlife, shopping centers by reviews from others. Facebook also allows you to see who visits that same neighborhood from your friend’s network. Instagram: Places Tab You can go into the Instagram app and find “places” on the top bar. From there you can type in the city of your choice and explore different areas and pictures from other users. It’s great for narrowing down a few neighborhoods and getting that visual feel. This is aggregated by users tagging their location when posting their photos. The places tab collects recent snapshots geotagged by location, giving you access to explore…

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Creative Ways to use Hammocks Around the Home

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When you think of a hammock, one of the first thoughts that come to mind likely includes lazing the day away under the trees with a good book, or possibly even napping. Hammocks beat sleeping on the ground—after all, you’re above it—and the soothing swinging motion is gentle enough to rock you to a nice long siesta. But hammocks don’t have to be just for the outdoors. In fact, there are a few different and creative ways you can incorporate hammocks inside your home. Here are a few to begin with. Hammock in the Living Room Spruce your living room up by adding a stylish and chic hammock. This can be a nice touch to your current décor or use it as the main attractor. Hammocks never go out of trend and everyone can benefit from a little afternoon nap. Hammocks for your Pet As much as we love taking naps, our little fur animals also enjoy a good hammock. Try hanging a small hammock under a coffee table for easy access for your pets. We guarantee this will be a favorite spot in the home. Hammock for the Kids Add some fun in the kids’ room by adding a hammock….

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Swimming Pool Safety

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Now that we’re in the heart of summer, there’s one activity that’s more popular to do than hosting backyard barbeques—swimming! One of the most important things to highlight when it comes to swimming pools is safety. Every year, many people (including children and adults) are injured in or near a swimming pool, which is why it is of the utmost importance that we make safety a priority. Here are a few measures you can take to ensure safety in and around your swimming pool. Fence in the swimming pool Before you erect a fence around the pool, it’s a good idea to check with your city and county for local building codes first. Some areas may have certain height requirements that differ from other cities. In addition to height, fences should not have any footholds or grips that allow for climbing. Move any furniture away from the fence to prevent young children from making any attempts to scale the fence. Lastly, make sure the gate to the pool cannot be easily opened by a small child. Most fence designs have self-closing spring hinges and self-locking latches that are approximately 60 inches off the ground. Consider all access points to the…

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Taking Listing Videos to the Next Level

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Real estate listings are the bread and butter to a real estate professional’s business and as technology progresses, so does the opportunity to creatively and uniquely showcase real estate listings. A few examples include employing outside companies to create visually appealing listing videos, utilizing social media, and partnering with industry influencers to increase viewership of your listings. Recently, Gretchen Lychuk of Realty ONE Group in Las Vegas took a unique approach to listing videos by hiring film industry veteran Curt Hahn, CEO of Film House Real Estate, to direct and produce a mini-movie. A script was written, a cast was hired and original music was created to produce this one of a kind film, which you can watch here (embed link). You can also take advantage of your technological resources by utilizing Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Potential buyers can conveniently tap into your open houses and experience your listing by tuning into your live video streaming straight from your social media platforms. Beyond the experience of touring the listing digitally, in real time, interested buyers can interact by posting live comments and questions while you showcase the home. With this helpful tool, you can gain exponential exposure by digitally…

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Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day is coming up soon, which probably means if you haven’t already picked out a gift, now’s a good time as ever to start shopping! Just like Mother’s Day, it can be tough to pick out the perfect gift for Dad, which is where we come in. You can opt for the usual gifts like tool sets, funny ties and even the stand-by “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug, but if you’re looking to explore other options, we have a few ideas of our own that you can consider. Patio Coolers If you dad is a fan of spending most of his days in the backyard with friends and family, consider upgrading his drink cooler with a standup wooden cooler. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind a DIY project, there are plenty of easy to follow plans online that show you step-by-step how to take your already existing cooler and give it a facelift with some planks of wood and a bit of elbow grease. Outdoor Theatre Is Dad a movie buff? Or perhaps he enjoys playing video games up on the big screen? If that’s the case, consider giving your dad the gift of an outdoor…

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Benefits of Living in a 55+ Active Adult Community

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If we talked about living in a retirement community a few years back, it likely had quite a negative connotation. Often it is misconstrued as an assisted facility or nursing home. In fact, many older adults prefer moving into a retirement or 55+ active adult community for a variety of reasons, such as downsizing to a smaller home or live a desire to live a more maintenance-free life. Let’s look at a few benefits of living in an active adult community and help clear a few misconceptions. Active Living and Socializing One of the top benefits of living in a retirement home is having a sense of community where you can socialize with your peers and make new friends. Most active adult communities place an emphasis on creating a schedule for residents by offering cooking classes, board games, community picnics, and fitness centers that cater to their age. Trouble-Free Living With age, some things can get difficult to manage. It can include a variety of things like landscaping and regular maintenance in and around the home. Living in an active adult community will provide most if not all of these features, and much more. Location and Floor Plans Most active…

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#DreamyKitchens

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Kitchens are the heart and soul of today’s homes. They can serve as entertainment areas for your friends during a party or a family gathering spot in the evenings, so it only makes sense if they are created with as much style and efficacy. Here are some different styles of kitchens where you can enjoy cooking good food. Chic and Trendy One of the most sought after styles today is a kitchen with an open layout that makes it easily accessible while giving a spacious feel to your home. Keeping the style quotient in mind, an island lends an appealing look to the kitchen and acts as a centerpiece for people hanging out and keeping the host/chef as part of the conversation. Sensor activated lights, faucets, beautiful backsplashes and neutral colored walls give us the choice to play with colors in other aspects. Adding comfortable areas in the kitchen like a breakfast nook or bar stools to the island help in creating an inviting space. Cottage Charm Antique lights, farm sink, glass cabinets; all these features exude a charming appeal to a cottage kitchen. A warm cozy kitchen with wooden floors and white walls add a rustic aesthetic to the…

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Creating An Efficient At-Home Workspace

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Working from home has a lot of benefits, such as the flexibility of time and saving fuel, working in your pajamas. However, it might get boring over time and if your workspace is too casual, it can hamper your productivity. Let’s look at a few ways we can create an organized and work-friendly space at home. Location, Location, Location Find a location in your home that offers natural light and is conducive to your devices like your desktop or fax machine, printer, etc. Keep in mind that your space should provide enough privacy and quiet so that you can work uninterrupted and attend to any meetings without any disruption. Storage, Lighting, and Color If your home office offers little in the way of lighting, a lamp is the easiest way to remedy this issue. Additionally, having a small cabinet to keep your files and documents from scattering will help keep your desk clean and organized. Color can also affect productivity, so consider painting your walls a soothing color that will keep you calm even when you’re under tight deadlines. Ergonomics and Technology To avoid long-term back issues and headaches, it’s important to invest in a chair that offers back support….

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Finding the Right REALTOR®

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If you just made the decision to a buy a home—congratulations! Whether you are a first-time buyer or thinking about up or downsizing, it’s important to find a qualified and experienced REALTOR® who can help streamline the home buying process. But where to begin? Here are a few things to keep in mind when finding the right REALTOR® for your next home purchase. Licensing Makes a Difference Did you know that titles make a difference? For instance, “agent” and “REALTOR®” don’t have the same meaning. An agent is defined as a person who has taken hundreds of hours of real estate courses and has passed the state exams to earn a real estate license to sell real property. A REALTOR® is a real estate agent or broker who holds membership with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and adheres to a specific code of ethics. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily as it’s up to personal preference on who you choose to work with. Just make sure to do your research first. Testimonials and Referrals Part of your research should include reading client testimonials and reviews. If it’s possible, try reaching out to previous clients via social media…

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Prepping for Your Memorial Day Barbeque

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Memorial Day usually serves as the unofficial nod of the summer season, which means endless summer days spent at the beach or lake, lazy days by the pool, and weekends spent enjoying backyard barbeques. It’s easy to just show up to someone else’s barbeque, but why let them have all the fun when you can easily throw a casual barbeque in the comforts of your own backyard? If you’re planning on throwing a bash at the start of summer, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you and your guests will have a great time. Keep Walkways Clear   Before you host your get together, it’s a good idea to mow and trim the edges of your lawn, clear any weeds from walkways, and prune the hedges. For the sake of safety, you want to keep anyone from tripping or getting hurt at your party! Plan ahead and landscape your yard so that it’s free of any unsightly weeds, rake up fallen leaves, repair crumbling surfaces, and add lights to walkways in dimly lit areas. Shady Spots Chances are you’ll likely host your backyard barbeque on a bright and sunny day, so think ahead and make sure…

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